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Working group to drive safe staffing levels in our hospitals

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Working group to drive safe staffing levels in our hospitals

 Regional Round-Up

With Janelle Saffin MP

State Member for Lismore

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The NSW Government last week announced the establishment of the Safe Staffing Working Group, which will plan and drive the implementation of safe staffing levels across the public hospital system, starting with emergency departments.

The Government is committed to boosting the number of nurses and midwives in New South Wales hospitals, beginning with our stretched emergency departments.

This includes delivering safe, high-quality healthcare to rural, regional and remote communities.

The Government will recruit 1,200 additional nurses and midwives in our healthcare system within our first term.

The Safe Staffing Working Group will hold its first meeting early this month (May) and will report to NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce AM, who will provide regular updates to the NSW Minister for Health and Regional Health Ryan Park MP.

A key member of the group is Luke Sloane, Coordinator-General Regional Health, NSW Health, who will continue to work to support the Government’s priority of ensuring access to safe, high quality and timely healthcare for all rural, regional and remote communities across New South Wales.

Mr Sloane will provide advice to Minister Park about matters concerning health in regional communities.

Other members of the working group include:

  • Phil Minns, Deputy Secretary, People, Culture and Governance, NSW Health.
  • Shaye Candish, General Secretary, NSW Nurses & Midwives Association.
  • Jo Blackwell, Executive Director for Workplace Relations, NSW Health.
  • Michael Whaites, Assistant General Secretary, NSW Nurses & Midwives Association.
  • Roisin Beard, Lead Industrial Officer – Public Health, NSW Nurses & Midwives Association.
  • Renata Di Staso, Manager – Public Health Organising, NSW Nurses & Midwives Association.

The group will navigate the complexities of the NSW health system, including:

  • The diverse workforce needs of facilities;
  • Varying patient acuity levels;
  • Differences based on time-of-day and specialty type; and
  • Nursing workforce planning and supply.

 CB networks for better disaster preparedness

THE failure of our telecommunications systems during the catastrophic floods last year left many local villages and rural areas without communications at a critical time.

It is vital that we have reliable communications during emergencies such as bushfires, floods and storms, to keep us connected to information, services and to check on loved ones.

This idea of using CB Radio networks was raised with me at a flood recovery forum in Nimbin last year and local community volunteers have followed up.

There are now 25 communities from the Queensland border down to Coffs Harbour where locals have set up their own CB radio emergency networks.

I commend the work of Northern Rivers resident and CB expert John Miller, who, with the backing of Rotary, has trained people in setting up and using CB radio networks to stay connected in emergencies.

The Summerland Amateur Radio Club and CREST, Citizens Radio Emergency Services Teams have also been behind this initiative.

Next in line is Kyogle. John says he’s had a lot of interest from Kyogle residents in setting up a local CB radio network. If you would like to be part of it you can go to the Community Emergency Radio Network Northern Rivers public Facebook group, or email John john1954@gmail.com

Grants deadlines extended

THERE is still time to apply for grants from the February/March 2022 floods.

You have until 30 June this year to apply for the Back Home Grants, Rental Assistance Support and grants for businesses, rural landholders and primary producers. Details at www.service.nsw.gov.au

Please note the acquittal deadline for rural grants is 30 September 2023. I am lobbying for this to be extended.

The Lismore Disaster Recovery Hub has also been extended until June 30, as I requested.

Ministers’ feet under their desks

NSW Premier Chris Minns during a priority visit to Lismore flagged that his first Cabinet ministers would have their feet under their desks and getting departmental briefings the day after being sworn in.

I, together with my staff, will continue to make strong representations on behalf of constituents to Premier Minns, Deputy Premier Prue Car and all Ministers.

For a full list of Ministers go to www.nsw.gov.au/nsw-government/ministers

You may contact them directly via this email naming convention – office@minister’s surname.minister.nsw.gov.au but please make sure you copy me in – lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au – so that I am aware your issues of concern.

Early this month (May), my Electorate Office is on the move from our temporary space of 12-14 Carrington Street back to our former address of 55 Carrington Street, on the corner of Conway and Carrington streets, which has been refurbished since the February 2022 flood.

We thank everyone in advance for your understanding as we ‘build back better’ to provide services for the next four-year term of Parliament.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY: CB radio networks are helping local communities to stay connected during emergencies.

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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

 

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable musical adventure as the Andy Golledge Band embarks on their ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour 2024. Slated for release on April 19, 2024, the album captures the essence of life’s transitions, celebrating the beauty of ageing, the excitement of new love, and the thrill of exploring new environments.

The title track, ‘Young, Dumb & Wild,’ stands out as a powerful anthem that transcends superficial notions of youth to delve into the core of creative freedom. This single follows the earlier release of ‘Country Band’ in late 2023, a lively road trip anthem that celebrates the many forms of love in various relationships. Together, the tracks weave a seamless narrative, encapsulating the highs and lows of life’s twists and turns.

Andy Golledge, a prominent figure in the Australian alt-country scene, aims to deliver a mature and cohesive experience with this album, showcasing his unique ‘Alt-Country-esque Dad Rock’ style. Following the success of his debut album, ‘Strength of a Queen,’ which won ‘Best Independent Country Album/EP’ at the AIR Awards 2023, Andy Golledge continues to make waves in the music scene. His debut album charted impressively on ARIA’s Top Vinyl Albums and Australian Country Albums, earning nominations at the ARIA Awards 2022 and CMAA Golden Guitar Awards 2023.

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An Andy Golledge show promises to be both exhilarating and unpredictable. The band features some of the most respected musicians in the Australian alt-country/Americana scene, including Leroy Lee (guitar/vocals), Caitlin Harnett (banjo/vocals), Nick Ryan (bass), and Josh Piltz (drums). Their performances range from tender moments that bring tears to rollicking numbers that make you dance wildly.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the spectacle of the ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour. Grab your tickets now and pre-order the album, available with exclusive merch bundles you won’t want to miss!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – Friday 24th of May at 6:30pm
  • Where – Bangalow Bowlo
  • Price – from $33.40
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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Last call on senators to vote NO on the Biosecurity Levy and #ScraptheTax

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Last call on senators to vote NO on the Biosecurity Levy and #ScraptheTax

 

As the Biosecurity Protection Levy looms for consideration in the senate today, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) issues a final, impassioned plea to senators, underscoring the critical importance of standing in solidarity with Australian farmers and decisively voting to #ScraptheTax.

NFF President David Jochinke conveys a sense of urgency, acknowledging the persistent threat posed by the levy’s potential passage, despite months of concerted opposition from within the agricultural sector and throughout the broader supply chain.

Expressing profound dismay, Jochinke laments the apparent disconnect between the government’s stance and the genuine concerns voiced by farmers nationwide. He emphasises the government’s failure to engage in meaningful dialogue, address substantive issues, or heed the resounding call to reconsider this deeply unpopular policy.

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In a remarkable display of unity, the NFF and its extensive membership, representing the full spectrum of Australia’s agricultural commodities, have mobilised to send an unequivocal message: the Biosecurity Levy is unjust, ill-conceived, and detrimental to the livelihoods of Australian farmers.

Jochinke further underscores the troubling disregard exhibited by the government towards expert advice, including recommendations from reputable bodies such as the Productivity Commission and the Australian National University. He highlights the levy’s potential to confer a competitive advantage to foreign competitors, while burdening local farmers with unnecessary financial constraints.

With a rallying cry, the NFF implores senators, particularly those from the Greens and the cross bench, to heed the voices of farmers and independent experts alike. They call upon the senate to fulfil its vital role as a check on rushed and flawed policy initiatives, emphasising the imperative of thorough scrutiny and critical evaluation.

In essence, the NFF’s message to the senate is clear: Australian farmers deserve better. By voting to #ScraptheTax, senators have the opportunity to demonstrate their unwavering support for the agricultural sector and uphold the interests of the communities they represent.

For more background on the Biosecurity Protection Levy click here.

 

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Don’t Miss Out! Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale for the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner & National Announcement

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Don’t Miss Out! Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale for the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner & National Announcement

 

The National Winner and Runner Up of the 2024 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Great Hall, Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday, 20 August 2024. The prestigious event celebrates female-led ingenuity in the regions. 

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, with the support of platinum sponsor Westpac, showcases the critical role women play in rural, regional and remote businesses, industries and communities.

The annual Gala Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the forward-thinking, courageous leaders who come from industries across some of the remote areas of Australia, including each of the State and Territory winners, Kate Lamason (QLD), Rebecca Keeley (NSW/ACT), Grace Larson (VIC), Belle Binder (TAS), Nikki Atkinson (SA), Mandy Walker (WA) and Tanya Egerton (NT).

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2023 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award National Winner Nikki Davey will be the event MC with the black-tie evening attended by award alumni, government officials, industry and private sector representatives and media.

The event is open to the public to purchase tickets here.

AgriFutures Managing Director John Harvey said the long-running Award is a salute to the wonderful contribution that Australian women are making in the regions.

“The Gala Dinner is an event that champions the remarkable contributions of the 2024 cohort and is an opportunity to honour these extraordinary women who are the pillars of our rural and regional industries, businesses, and communities,” Mr Harvey said.

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Now in its 24th year, the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award has gained a significant profile, growing in prestige and popularity, and is recognised as a program of influence among parliamentarians, industry, media and Award Alumni.

Each state and territory winner receives a $15,000 grant for their project, business or program, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

The National Winner and Runner Up will receive an additional grant of $20,000 and $15,000, respectively, thanks to the awards platinum sponsor, Westpac.

AgriFutures Australia is committed to the future growth and advancement of the Award as a means of identifying, celebrating and empowering women. The Rural Women’s Award is one of many AgriFutures Australia initiatives ensuring our rural industries prosper now, and into the future.

For more information about the awards, head here.

 

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